Erik S. Velie is a distinguished lawyer based in Los Angeles, California. With nine years of experience, Mr. Velie is a leading attorney in the fields of Personal Injury Law with an emphasis on catastrophic injuries and auto accidents, as well as Employment Law with an emphasis on wrongful termination. He is the principal founder of Victory Law Group, LLP where an “A.V.”® Preeminent™ rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®.
While many young children dream of growing up to be professional athletes or Rockstars, Mr. Velie dreamed of starting his own business as a young boy. As he tells it, this entrepreneurial streak coupled with a genuine interest in people is ultimately what compelled him to pursue a career in law:
When I started working as an attorney, I started to really enjoy working with a bunch of different people, running different businesses, learning about people's lives and trying to help them with their future. After I paid off my student loans and began to save up some money I started Victory Law Group.
With his sights set on success from a young age, Mr. Velie graduated magna cum laude with distinction in finance from San Diego State University and then attended Loyola Law School where he was in the top fifteen percent of his class after his first year. Before graduation, the precocious Velie externed for Honorable Judge Erithe A. Smith at the United States Bankruptcy Court in Santa Ana, California. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California School of Law. Adding to his already impressive educational background, Mr. Velie also studied Finance at the Balliol College of Economics at Oxford University in England during which time he earned membership in the Oxford Union.
After completing his education, Mr. Velie fulfilled his childhood dream and founded the Victory Law Group, which has since garnered a reputation as one of the top personal injury and employment law practices in Southern California. As an “A.V.”® Preeminent™ rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®, Mr. Velie has always strived to be at the top of his field. By proactively resolving claims in a manner that is both cost-effective and consistent with his clients’ needs, he has attracted a robust and loyal clientele. Among numerous other achievements, he has been rated a Top Attorney in the field of Personal Injury by Avvo.
As a leader in his field, Mr. Velie keeps a close watch of prevailing trends in the law. In particular, he has been paying attention to the effect of technology on many aspects of practicing. He noted:
I am focused on catastrophic injuries and auto accidents as well as the evolving nature of marketing in technology. I'm also extremely focused on learning about SEO and marketing strategies and how that could help optimize a personal injury practice. I believe that technology will provide major disruption in the legal field and in particular personal injury law in the next fifteen years.
Beyond his career as an attorney, Mr. Velie has also had great success as an entrepreneur. Throughout his career, he has made a concerted effort to combine his penchant for technology, his deep-seated need to help people, and his prowess as a litigator. In a world that is rapidly changing due to technological advances, he has not only excelled in both areas but has managed to leverage his experience in each to inform the other. He said of his entrepreneurial endeavors:
Although my law firm is my main focus, I own a couple other ventures and I want maximize growth for all. For example, I own a percentage of Encyte.me, a company that prints t-shirts for celebrities looking to support various charitable campaigns.
After almost a decade dedicated to law, Mr. Velie envisions a bright future for himself and his clients. Looking ahead, he plans on continuing to exercise his multidimensional approach to law and business as he aims to grow both his law practice and his many entrepreneurial ventures in the coming years.
Detailed Career Information
Education & Certification
University of Southern California School of Law (J.D.)
Loyola Law School (Top 15% of his class)
San Diego State University (B.S., Finance, magna cum laude)
Professional Memberships & Associations
Board Secretary of the Downtown Los Angeles Bar Association; Member of The Defense Of Marriage Act; Member of the California Apartment Association; Member of Oxford Union
Awards & Honors
2014-2016 Rising Star - Super Lawyers; A.V.® Preeminent™ Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®; Rated "Superb" and Top Personal Injury Attorney, Avvo